Welcome to Smart Luck News Blog

Welcome to Smart Luck News Blog

Lottery Expert Gail Howard was the pioneer of scientific lottery strategy in the USA, internationally recognized as the creator of the most successful lottery systems used in the world: Smart Luck.

SmartLuck, Inc. is excited to bring you our new Lottery Blog. We hope you will find it a fun and easy way to be the first to know about:

  • lotto game changes
  • high jackpots, lottery winner stories, and other lottery news
  • insider tips and free strategies for winning the lottery
  • update notices for our software and books
  • and more!

Lotto America NEW GAME

After the end of the Hot Lotto game, a new multi-state Powerball type lottery has taken its place. Lotto America is the new game which began on November 15, 2017.

To play the game, choose 5 numbers from 1-52 and one Star number from 1-10. The game costs $1 per play and drawings are held on Wednesday and Saturday. The odds of winning the game are one in 25,989,600.

Game Change Stats

You can play Lotto America in the following states:

  • Delaware
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • West Virginia

Mega Millions GAME CHANGES

Mega Millions changed number format on October 31, 2017. The old 5/75+1/15 number field has been updated to 5/70+1/25. The odds of winning Mega Millions are now one in 302,575,350 (up from previous odds of one in 258,890,850). The jackpot now starts at $40,000 (up from $15,000 in the old format). The price has also increased to $2 for a single play. All of these changes make Mega Millions more comparable to Powerball, at the same cost per ticket, starting jackpot, and high odds which will lead to more roll overs and more large jackpots.

We have started new game files for this game, which can be used with Advantage Gold and other Smart Luck lottery software. The old game files will no longer be updated. If you use favorites in Lottery Updater, you will need to select the new game files. Our software will work the same with these new files as they did with the old files. You will just need to wait a few months for more drawings to build up with the new format in order for the medium and long-term trend charts to be useful. Pick-5 lotto wheels will still work for this game (any wheel of 70 or fewer total numbers).

Game Change Stats

Hot Lotto GAME ENDED

Hot Lotto, one of the multi-state Powerball type lotto games in the USA ended on October 28, 2017 to make room for a new Lotto America game to begin on November 15, 2017.

Game Change Stats

  • Lottery State: Multi-state
  • Name of Game: Hot Lotto
  • Game Format: 5/47+1/19
  • Change: Game Ended
  • Date Started: October 28, 2017

Malaysia Star Toto NEW GAME

After the end of the Grand Toto game, a new lottery has taken its place. Malaysia Star Toto is the new pick-6 game which began on October 21, 2017.

To play the game, choose 6 numbers from 1-50. The 6 winning numbers are drawn as well as an additional bonus number to give you more chances to win. The odds of winning the first prize Star Toto jackpot are one in 15,890,700.

Game Change Stats

Malaysia Grand Toto GAME ENDED

Malaysia pick-6 lottery game, Grand Toto ended on October 18, 2017. A new game has taken its place, Malaysia Star Toto.

Game Change Stats

  • Lottery Country: Malaysia
  • Name of Game: Grand Toto
  • Game Format: 6/63
  • Change: Game Ended
  • Date Started: October 18, 2017

Hurricane Irma Delays for Smart Luck

UPDATE (9/13/17): Power, phones, and internet have been restored to our office! We are back in operation. Thank you again for your patience.

UPDATE (9/12/17): The Tampa Bay area was lucky as Hurricane Irma weakened significantly from predictions and did not come as far West as expected. Our office did not sustain significant damage, but we are still out of power with no way of knowing when power will be restored. We do have one employee who is able to update the lotto history files and website, but order processing/shipping and tech support will be unavailable until power is restored to our office. We thank you for your patience!


Notice: Hurricane Irma is predicted to affect much of Florida early next week, including a likely direct hit to the location of our corporate office in the Tampa Bay area. Please expect delays in support and order processing including download only orders as Smart Luck will be closed. This also includes lotto history file updates, but remember, you can enter drawing results into the program yourself. It only takes a few seconds. Please see the Advantage Gold manual for instructions.

We anticipate this delay to include at least a few days or all of next week and potentially longer depending on how long it takes to restore power and utilities. We thank you for your patience!

Good luck to everyone else in the path of Hurricane Irma! STAY SAFE is currently our state motto.

UPDATE: $758 MILLION Powerball Jackpot Prize WON!

UPDATE: The drawing for Wednesday, August 23, 2017 was won! The final jackpot of $758,700,000 was won by one lucky ticket in Massachusetts. The winning numbers were 6-7-16-23-26 and PB 4. The next drawing’s jackpot is back to $40 million.

Powerball jackpots often get high, but over half a billion dollars in prize money is still uncommon.  The Powerball jackpot prize is currently estimated at $700 Million for the next drawing on Wednesday, August 23, 2017. This is the second-largest lotto prize in Powerball history. The lump-sum cash payout value of Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is estimated to be $411.7 million. The last Powerball jackpot to be won was on June 10th, when $447.8 million were claimed by a lottery winner in California.

The Latest Winning Powerball Numbers

No one matched the six numbers drawn Saturday night, but the latest Powerball winning numbers were 17, 19, 39, 43, 68, with a Powerball number of 13. If no one wins again, the jackpot will climb even more rapidly. It may even beat the $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot from January 2016 that is the current Powerball (and all lottery) record.

Improve Your Odds at Winning Powerball

Powerball is not an easy game to win thanks to the odds of over one in 292 million, but it’s actually impossible if you don’t buy a ticket! With the stakes this high, it’s worth giving it a shot. A jackpot over half a billion is worth spending a couple of bucks at least, but skip the Quick Picks. To play the game smarter, use our Smart Luck strategy and wheeling to improve your odds of winning Powerball prizes (that’s right – you can win more than one prize!). Try out our FREE how to win Powerball tips here. We even have a FREE Powerball wheel that can help you trap more numbers on your tickets.

How to Win a Powerball lotto jackpot

Powerball is offered in 44 States, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Players select five white numbers from (1 to 69) and one red ball (1 to 26) Tickets cost $2 each.

Republic of South Africa Lotto and Lotto Plus GAME CHANGES

RSA Lotto made some changes recently to their number format to 6/52+B, and also added another expansion game, Lotto Plus #2. The odds of winning Lotto and the Lotto Plus drawings are now one in 20,358,520 (up from one in 13,983,816 with the old 6/49+B number format).

We have started new game files for Lotto, Lotto Plus #1, and Lotto Plus #2 which can be used with Advantage Gold and other Smart Luck lottery software. The old game files will no longer be updated. If you use favorites in Lottery Updater, you will need to select the new game files.

Game Change Stats

Iowa, Minnesota All or Nothing GAME ENDED

The All or Nothing lotto game offered by the Minnesota Lottery and Iowa Lottery has ended as of Friday, June 30, 2017 in both states. The final drawing was June 30, 2017 at 8:45 p.m. Unfortunately, the Iowa and Minnesota multi-state All or Nothing lottery did not generate enough player interest to continue sales of the game. Winners have one year from the date of the drawing to claim prizes.

Game Change Stats

  • Lottery State: Iowa and Minnesota
  • Name of Game: All or Nothing
  • Game Format: 12/24
  • Change: Game Ended
  • Date Ended: June 30, 2017

Indiana Cash 5 – Game Change

Indiana Cash 5 changed number format this month to include 4 more numbers. The odds of winning Hoosier Cash5 are now one in 1,221,759. The jackpot now starts at $75,000 (up from $50,000 in the old format).

We have started a new game file for this game, which can be used with Advantage Gold and other Smart Luck lottery software. The old game file will no longer be updated. If you use favorites in Lottery Updater, you will need to select the new game file.

Game Change Stats